Nea Paphos Colloquium III

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 09:00 to Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 19:00
Event Description: 

Nea Paphos Colloquium III. Another acropolis at Paphos: Fabrika hill and beyond

29-31 October 2020, Athens, Greece

Following on from successful scientific meetings on the history and archaeology of Paphos held in Avignon in 2012 and in Paphos in 2017, a third colloquium will be hosted in Athens in October 2020.

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the University of Sydney’s excavations at the theatre on the southern slope of Fabrika hill in the north-eastern quarter of the World Heritage listed city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus. Subsequently the French archaeological expedition at Paphos (Avignon Université), created in 2008, started to reveal new evidence of the occupation of the hill from the Hellenistic to the Medieval period and a number of important projects have continued to explore various aspects of the areas surrounding Fabrika hill led by the Department of Antiquities or foreign missions.

This third colloquium aims to place this newer research on Fabrika hill but also to place this area of Paphos within the broader historical context of the rest of Hellenistic-Medieval Paphos and across the broader region of western Cyprus. Fabrika hill can now truly be seen as a second acropolis for the Hellenistic and Roman city, so what activities can now be identified to integrate this hill into what we know about other parts of the city and harbour of Nea Paphos.

The languages of the colloquium will be Greek, French and English.

We invite interested scholars to present their new findings and thoughts on the following themes and materials:
.Chronological explorations of Fabrika hill and elsewhere in Paphos according to five main time frames:
1. Pre-foundation material
2. Hellenistic
3. Roman
4. Late Roman/Early Byzantine
5. Medieval
.The development of a chronological understanding of the " longue durée" of Fabrika hill.
.Aspects of Nea Paphos’ history such as quarrying activities, urbanism and town layout, religious aspects of Fabrika, necropolies, water supply networks etc.
.Fabrika hill as a link between the urban centre of Nea Paphos and the hinterland and with Palaipaphos.

Paper proposal including title, abstract and author details should be submitted by 15th of April 2020. Papers can be submitted via email to : and copy to

More details on venues and program will be provided closer to the conference dates. The Organising Committee
Dr Claire Balandier, Dr Craig Barker and Dr Eustathios Raptou

The Scientific Committee
Dr Hab. Claire Balandier, Dr Craig Barker, Emeritus Professor Demetrios Michaelides, Dr Jolanta Młynarczyk, Dr Eustathios Raptou and Dr Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou The colloquium is only possible because of the support of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, the École française d'Athènes, the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (Unité Mixte de Recherches 8210 AnHiMA), Avignon Université and the University of Sydney.

The conference website will be updated with more details in due course: